Re: Pearson 36
The 36 has a lot of similarities with my P-35. I actually like having the wheel at the front of the cockpit. It makes it easy to single hand as you have easy access to jib sheets and winches, and you can avoid a lot nasty spray and weather by ducking behind the dodger. One downside is that there is no seat at wheel. Many owners have built seats behind the wheel. I'm thinking about doing it but it's not high on my list of upgrades.
I'm not sure I would like having the traveler in front of the wheel. Mine is at the rear of the cockpit, but at least it frees up room at the back of the cockpit.
The PO of my boat painted all the formica faux wood white and replace all the cabinet doors and draw faces with varnished wood. He did a nice job with it.
As for light air sailing, I would guess it is not very good. The older Pearsons tend to be good heavy air boats, and not so good in light air.
Pearson P-35 #481